Yesterday Brazil made headlines by once again blocking the function of mega-popular SMS replacement service WhatsApp for 72 hours. The reasons were... complicated. Apparently. We don't actually know the reason - the purpose of the ruling has been sealed by the court in the state of Sergipe which issued it. But fear not, Brazilian WhatsApp users: you now have access to the service once again, thanks to some quick work on the part of WhatsApp and the ruling of an appeals court. Read More
YouTube does a lot of cool things, but the consensus is that auto-playing the next video is not one of them. I'm sure some people like that, and they're going to be quite pleased to hear that Google appears to be adding autoplay to the Android app. It's looking like a server-side change, so sit tight and prepare to be pleased or annoyed, depending on your outlook. Read More
Google's self-driving cars have popped up in four cities over the past several months, including Phoenix, Arizona and Kirkland, Washington. Drivers there may have encountered Lexus RX450h SUVs riding around with funky Google cameras sitting on top. Now Google has partnered with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles for its next wave of self-driving vehicles. Read More
Right now mega-publisher 2K is in full promotion mode trying to get people to play Battleborn. It's a brand new shooter from (at least some of) the makers of the hugely popular Borderlands, and it attempts to blend conventional pew-pew gameplay with the variety and marketability of the MOBA genre. As part of this push the company has published Battleborn Tap, a mobile game that is neither a MOBA nor a shooter. Instead, it's underwhelming. Read More
A microSD card is a microSD card, right? Not quite. Some are better suited for certain tasks than others. If you want to record video, you will benefit from using a high-speed card. Read More
It's the beginning of the month again, and that means it's time for Google to update the Android platform distribution numbers. We've been waiting ages for Froyo to die, but it lives on this month. However, Marshmallow continues to show strong performance as the only version gaining market share right now.
Here's the full breakdown of this month's numbers.
Android version stats, May 2016
|Android version||Previous data (%)||Current data (%)||Change (pp)
So, as you can see, Froyo is still sitting there at 0.1%, mocking us with its obsolescence. Read More
We're going off a single source here, so grains of salt and all that, but it looks like Facebook has finally begun to push the new Facebook Live tab to some Android users, a month after announcing it. The image below is from Romanian blog daytrend.ro, and clearly shows the same UI we saw in Facebook's initial announcement in April. Read More
This post is a bit meta, as Android Police itself is a WordPress-powered site. But anyone who uses WordPress will appreciate the massive, much-needed feature introduced in the beta version of the Android app today: finally, a true visual editor.
You see, previous versions of the WordPress Android app have offered a semi-functional visual editor when publishing or editing content, but this editor was extremely basic. Certain formatting and content like bolding, italicizing, underlining, strikethrough, quote blocks, hyperlinks, and images could be previewed live in the editor - but only when publishing a new post. When editing an existing post, the shortcuts for these tools were still available on the toolbar at the bottom of the screen, but they inserted the naked HTML markup into the editor, because the editor was, to use the technical term, janky as hell. Read More
So you don't like the launcher that shipped on your phone? There are alternatives, and far and away the most popular one is Nova. The big v4.3 update has been in beta for a while, and now it's out for real with a number of important changes. Read More
A long time ago, Sony Electronics had a reputation for stubborn adherence to its own proprietary formats. Back when the iPod was just an MP3 player, Sony was still trying to promote its own ATRAC standard that was only available on its own hardware. ATRAC itself was a descendant of MiniDisc, another semi-proprietary format that tried to usurp the CD... not long after Sony had lost the BetaMax war. The company doesn't always lose - Blu-ray is a notable exception - but it doesn't learn very quickly, either. Read More